Woodward agrees to one-year deal
Versatile free agent can all play infield and outfield positions
ATLANTA -- The Atlanta Braves added another candidate to compete for the opening at second base Wednesday afternoon, when they signed free-agent infielder/outfielder Chris Woodward to a one-year contract.
Financial terms of the deal were not announced.
The 30-year-old Woodward hit a career-high .283 in 2005 with the New York Mets, but was limited by a left shoulder injury last season and hit .216 in 83 games. He will vie for the opening at second created when Marcus Giles was not tendered a new contract by the Braves and became a free agent.
Woodward is expected to compete with Pete Orr and Martin Prado, both of whom saw action at second for Atlanta last season, Willy Aybar, who was acquired at last season's trade deadline and played in 36 games at third base, as well as with Kelly Johnson, who was originally signed as a shortstop but has played primarily in left field. Johnson missed all of last season with an elbow injury that required Tommy John surgery.
Woodward's versatility is a bonus, as he has played all four infield positions as well as the outfield in his eight-year career, which began with the Toronto Blue Jays in 1999.
Jon Cooper is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.